Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]

Graceland [25th Anniversary Edition]

by Paul Simon
     
 

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With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketingSee more details below

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With Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its controversial aspect during the apartheid days) was a powerful marketing tool and that the catchy music succeeded in presenting listeners with that magical combination: something they'd never heard before that nevertheless sounded familiar. As eclectic as any record Simon had made, it also delved into zydeco and conjunto-flavored rock & roll while marking a surprising new lyrical approach (presaged on some songs on Hearts and Bones); for the most part, Simon abandoned a linear, narrative approach to his words, instead drawing highly poetic ("Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"), abstract ("The Boy in the Bubble"), and satiric ("I Know What I Know") portraits of modern life, often charged by striking images and turns of phrase torn from the headlines or overheard in contemporary speech. An enormously successful record, Graceland became the standard against which subsequent musical experiments by major artists were measured. [A 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2012.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886919147216
catalogNumber:
191472
Rank:
7464

Tracks

  1. The Boy in the Bubble  - Paul Simon
  2. Graceland  - Paul Simon
  3. I Know What I Know  - Paul Simon
  4. Gumboots  - Paul Simon
  5. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes  - Paul Simon
  6. You Can Call Me Al  - Paul Simon
  7. Under African Skies  - Paul Simon
  8. Homeless  - Paul Simon
  9. Crazy Love, Vol. 2  - Paul Simon
  10. That Was Your Mother  - Paul Simon
  11. All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints  - Paul Simon

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